Pennsylvania

Lancaster Science Factory

 
The Lancaster Science Factory's mission is to create an environment for learning, which helps children develop curiosity, think creatively, and build confidence as they learn the principles of science and the application of science in engineering and technology. Over 60 highly interactive science exhibits, workstations, and mini-labs offer "open-ended" learning experiences with opportunities for students, scouts, and homeschoolers to experiment and create. The overnight program, “Night Shift,” is available on Fridays and Saturdays for a fun, hands-on museum experience complete with meals. 
 
Please visit our website for more info on planning a day trip to our science museum for your students and scout troops.
 
Contact Info
Address: 454 New Holland Ave., Lancaster, PA 17602. Lancaster County. 
 
Tel: 717-509-6363. 
 
Email: info@tlsf.org
 
 
Hrs: 10AM-5PM. 
 
SCHOOLS
Field trip programs for school groups expose students to the world of science with demonstrations, and fun lab experiments. Groups will learn concepts in chemistry, physics, engineering, and more while launching rockets, watching chemical reactions, and catapulting projectiles. Students can also add private mini lab sessions to their visit, which include direct contact with a STEM educator in the Science Café. Learn more about field trips
 
Contact Info
Contact: Audrey Lilley, 717-509-6363 ext. 104, alilley@tlsf.org
 
Trip Info  
Grade Level: 1st-8th. 
 
Group Size: 8-30+ students (depending on program).
 
Activity Type: Activity Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Self-Guided Activities. 
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours.
 
Cost: 2 years old and under, Free; Child (ages 3-15), $7.00; Adults, $8.50; Seniors (60+), $7.50; Special pricing for groups of 10 or more with advanced registration, contact the museum for more information.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN:  Mathematics, Science.
Topics Covered: STEM, science, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, circuits, electricity, magnetics, solids, liquids, gases, fractions, Newton’s laws of motion.
 
SCOUTS
Scout groups can earn special pins and badges at Lancaster Science Factory. Using a workbook provided by the factory, Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes can work with their leaders to complete activities at that can earn them the Science Expert Pin, Science Achievement Badge, and Brownie Home Scientist and Inventor Badges. Cub Scouts of all ranks can also complete workbook activities to receive a Cub Scout Commemorative Science Patch. The Webelos Engineer Adventure Workshop is also available on the second Saturday of each month. Learn more about girl scout and cub scout programs.
 
Contact Info
Contact: Audrey Lilley, 717-509-6363 ext. 104, alilley@tlsf.org
 
Trip Info  
Grade Level: 1st-5th. 
 
Group Size: 15-20 scouts.
 
Activity Type: Activity Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Self-Guided Activities. 
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-4 hours.
 
Cost: Free admission, fee for programs.
 
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Science, Technology.
Topics Covered: STEM, science, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, circuits, electricity, magnetics, solids, liquids, gases, fractions, Newton’s laws of motion.
 
HOMESCHOOL
Programs for homeschoolers focus on a variety of science topics such as chemical reactions, plant growth, energy, and more. Activities include making 3D items from flat photos of objects, increasing the concentration of chemicals in solutions, and creating a Passive Hydroponic System for plant growth. Learn more about homeschool programs
 
Contact Info
Contact: Rachel Cahill, 717-509-6363 ext. 105, rcahill@tlsf.org.
 
Trip Info  
Grade Level: 1st-8th. 
 
Group Size: 10 or more.
 
Activity Type: Activity Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Self-Guided Activities. 
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours.
 
Cost: Fee.
 
Topics Covered: STEM, science, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, energy, architecture, solubility, molarity, plants.

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